News Scan: Google to launch Google Fit; Mobile operators pocket $800B in revenue; more


>> Report: Google to launch Google Fit service at I/O developer's conference

Google is expected to launch a new health service called Google Fit, a competitor to Apple's HealthKit platform, at its I/O developers conference set for later this month, Forbes reports. Google Fit will collect and aggregate data from fitness trackers and health apps, according to sources consulted by Forbes. Google also plans to announce partnerships with wearable device makers at the conference. Read more

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>> Mobile operators pocket $800B in annual revenue

Last year, mobile operators took in $800 billion from mobile services, including mobile voice, messaging and broadband, according to the latest stats from market research firm Infonetics Research. This marked only a 1 percent year-over-year increase. Mobile broadband revenue, which drove the modest revenue growth last year, is forecast by Infonetics to increase at an 11.8 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. Read more

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>> Tablet market in Philippines soars 110 percent in Q1

The tablet market in the Philippines grew 110 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to IDC's latest stats. Samsung and Apple were the leading tablet vendors in the Philippines, although they are facing increasing competition from local vendors such as Cherry Mobile and Starmobile. "Backed by cash-rich marketing and A-list celebrity endorsements, Cherry Mobile and Starmobile continue to feed the appetite of Filipino consumers for budget-friendly tablets," says Jerome Dominguez, associate market analyst at IDC Philippines. Read more

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>> Activity trackers outsell smartwatches four to one

In the wearables market, activity trackers outsold smartwatches four to one in the first quarter of 2014, based on ABI Research data. Fitbit remains the market leader with a majority share of the wearables market, which saw shipments of 2.35 million devices in the quarter. "Activity trackers are currently the most viable consumer electronics wearable device category, because they have a clear use case that cannot be matched by smartphones, in contrast to smartwatches," says senior practice director Nick Spencer. Read more

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>> UK social networkers turn to mobile devices

The proportion of U.K. social networkers access accounts from mobile devices will increase from three-quarters this year to more than 90 percent in 2018, according to a study by eMarketer. This move to mobile devices is attracting the attention of marketers in the U.K., even though the effectiveness of social media marketing is still not rated highly. "However, as U.K. consumers move their social networking behaviors to mobile, some marketers are beginning to move their efforts along with them," the eMarketer report notes. Read more

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